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Anywhere Computing with Laptops: Making Mobile Easier by Harold Davis

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When Ad Hoc Networking Has Problems

In the previous example I took you through the setup of an ad hoc network from beginning to end where there were no problems. And with a modern Centrino-based mobile computer you should have the same experience I had in writing up this example—easy and straightforward, it just works. But you know, and I know, that sometimes the unexpected happens and you have to cope with it. Here are a few tips and tricks to help you move beyond some problems in getting computers talking to each other in an ad hoc network.

Be forewarned that this information is fairly technical. So if reading about the inner workings of 802.11 protocols and TCP/IP addressing is not your cup of tea, you can skip this section, or get a geeky ...

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